Environmental Education

PWA’s education program includes a suite of outreach activities and events. The goal of PWA’s education program is to foster appreciation of nature and to promote responsible stewardship of the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula.

Educating About the Environment & Natural Resources

education - a watershed model shows how water flows

a watershed model shows how water flows and how stormwater carries contaminants into ponds

Waste Reduction, Litter Prevention, and Community Beautification

Via PWA’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful initiative, we work with community members and towns on the Pemaquid Peninsula to minimize the amount of waste that goes into landfills, increase the amount of materials that are recycled, pick up litter, and make improvements in the public spaces.

Educating About Best Practices for Keeping Ponds Clean

  • Via the LakeSmart Program, PWA provides free, site-specific technical support to help pondside residents take the best care of their property to protect pondwater quality.
  • Via our Courtesy Boat Inspection Program, PWA shares information with boaters about how transporting hitchhiking plants jeopardizes the ponds and shows them ways to prevent the spread of invasive plants.

  • birding in winter
    bird watching hike at Crooked Farm Preserve


Connecting Young People with the Natural World and with the Source of Their Food

PWA partners with University of Maine Extension to bring the Maine Apprentice Gardener program to Great Salt Bay School and Bristol Consolidated School. Through hands-on learning, students discover how to take care of Earth while growing food.

Fostering a Sense of Community for Collective Caring for Our Ponds

Every summer PWA organizes “PWA Ponders” gatherings as a way for people who care about a particular pond to come together, get to know each other and PWA, and discuss pond stewardship.

Educational Adventures

PWA encourages getting out on the land and water as a way to invigorate the senses and connect with nature. The PWA Paddlers lead a suite of free weekly paddling trips each summer, fostering appreciation of our natural resources through recreation. Check our calendar for interpretive hikes, birdwatching outings, and more.

Helping Fish & Wildlife Thrive

education - volunteer putting up wood duck box in Pemaquid River

volunteer putting up wood duck box in Pemaquid River

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Environmental Education News

  • Amazing Monarchs Draws a Crowd Fran Ludwig presented a fascinating program about the life of monarch butterflies August 29th at the National Audubon Todd Wildlife Sanctuary. Over 25 people attended and were able to see how the tiniest of eggs turn into an amazing monarch butterfly.
    Read more →
  • CANCELLATION OF AUTUMN WALK & TALK Please note: the Autumn WALK and TALK at Cooked Farm Preserve scheduled for October 17th has been canceled and has not been rescheduled.
    Read more →
  • NATURE EXPLORATIONS HIKE at DOYLE PRESERVE WOODLAND FLOWERS and FERNS Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) will be holding a hike on Saturday, July 18 as a part of the Nature Explorations educational series called Woodland Flowers and Ferns at Doyle Preserve. Explore the trail leading to Pemaquid Pond for woodland delights with Steve O’Bryan, PWA Preserve … Read more →
  • Forest Management in Practice – Bearce Allen Preserve Bearce Allen PreserveOn Sunday, June 28, discover the impact, now and in the future, of the recent timber harvest in keeping with the forest management plan at Bearce Allen Preserve with forester, Peter Hannah and PWA Preserve Stewards, Joan and Roger Panek. Including time for tree identification. … Read more →
  • Amazing Monarchs Draws a Crowd Fran Ludwig presented a fascinating program about the life of monarch butterflies August 29th at the National Audubon Todd Wildlife Sanctuary. Over 25 people attended and were able to see how the tiniest of eggs turn into an amazing monarch butterfly.
    Read more →
  • CANCELLATION OF AUTUMN WALK & TALK Please note: the Autumn WALK and TALK at Cooked Farm Preserve scheduled for October 17th has been canceled and has not been rescheduled.
    Read more →
  • NATURE EXPLORATIONS HIKE at DOYLE PRESERVE WOODLAND FLOWERS and FERNS Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) will be holding a hike on Saturday, July 18 as a part of the Nature Explorations educational series called Woodland Flowers and Ferns at Doyle Preserve. Explore the trail leading to Pemaquid Pond for woodland delights with Steve O’Bryan, PWA Preserve … Read more →
  • Forest Management in Practice – Bearce Allen Preserve Bearce Allen PreserveOn Sunday, June 28, discover the impact, now and in the future, of the recent timber harvest in keeping with the forest management plan at Bearce Allen Preserve with forester, Peter Hannah and PWA Preserve Stewards, Joan and Roger Panek. Including time for tree identification. … Read more →

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